School of Music

Performance Ensembles

Symphonic Wind Ensemble


The WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is comprised of finest wind and percussion players in the entire university. The ensemble is committed to performing the finest wind band repertoire and is constantly seeking to perform newly commissioned works by today's finest composers. Like all WSU ensembles, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble provides rehearsal and performance experiences that will assist students in their preparation for careers as performers, teachers, composers and lifelong practitioners of music.

Course Goals:

  1. Develop group performance skills in the areas of intonation, blend, balance, phrasing, articulation, and rhythm.
  2. Develop awareness and execution of proper stylistic and performance practices of original wind band repertoire ranging from the Classic to Modern periods of music.
  3. Develop excellent habit of preparation and rehearsing as a member of a performing ensemble.
  4. Develop concert performance abilities that include artistic execution, poise, focus, and etiquette.
  5. Learn basic elements of composing from contact with living composers and the writings of the past.
  6. Develop a greater awareness of higher artistic standards through contact with guest artists and performances at professional conventions.
  7. Learn a sense of camaraderie that develops from supporting and working with other musicians.
  8. Learn the ability to interpret physical gestures of various conductors and transfer those gestures into musical sounds.
  9. Critique and review live performances in written format.
  10. Gain awareness and acceptance of the variety of roles that exist within an ensemble and the ability to carry one's own role.
Music Director:

DANH PHAM is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Washington State University. He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and serves as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education within the University's School of Music and liason to the College of Education.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he received his degrees from DePauw University, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma, where he studied conducting with Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, and William Wakefield. Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Pham held similar posts at McMurry University, Western Oregon University, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and the Beaverton (OR) School District.

Pham has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician at several region honor bands throughout Texas, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest. His ensembles have appeared at the Oregon Music Education Association State Conference (twice), the MENC Biennial Northwest Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Southwest Convention, and the Texas University Interscholastic League State (UIL) Marching Contest.

Pham has been part of several commissioning projects, including those of composer Kevin Walczyk. He was an integral part in organizing Walczyk's Symphony No. 2 "Epitaphs Unwritten" which was recently awarded the National Band Association William Revelli Memorial Composition award. Pham is also a contributing Research Associate for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series released by GIA Publications.


Regular Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday 3:10-5:00pm in Kimbrough, Room B-48

Those wishing to audition for Spring 2014 semester should check the Auditions tab for more information.

Contact: with any questions.


Spring 2014 Ensemble Placement Auditions will be held on January 12, 2014. Audition material and sign up information will be available in December.

Past Seasons »
Current Season:
Fall Concert 1
Thursday, October 3, 2013 8:00 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre
Toccata Marziale Ralph Vaughan Williams
(Joshua Buckrucker, Guest Conductor)
Prayer: Schöne Maydl Michael Schelle
(Dr. Ruth Boden, Cello)
To Set the Darkness Echoing Dana Wilson
Mannin Veen Haydn Wood
Gallop (from First Suite for Band) Alfred Reed
Fall Concert 2
Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:00 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre
Shortcut Home
Dana Wilson (Christopher Nelson, Guest Conductor)
Symphony No. 6
Vincent Persichetti (Joshua Buckrucker, Guest Conductor)
Fantasie Brilliante on Themes from Carmen 
François Borne/
arr. Marc Oliver
(Ann Yasinitsky, Flute)
A Grainger Set
         Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol
         Molly on the Shore
Percy Grainger
Festival of Contemporary Art Music (FoCAM)
Saturday, February 8, 2014    
Featuring the music of Dana Wilson  
Spring Concert 1
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:00 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre
Chorale and Alleluia Howard Hanson (Christopher Nelson, Guest Conductor)
Colorado Peaks Dana Wilson
(Joshua Buckrucker, Guest Conductor)
Hell’s Gate – David Maslanka David Maslanka (Joshua Buckrucker, Daniel Perez, Rachel Murphy, Saxophone Trio)
I Love Gershwin! George Gershwin/
arr. Greg Yasinitsky (Greg Yasinitsky,
Alto Saxophone)
Spring Concert 2 (BAND-O-RAMA!)
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:00 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre
All-Gershwin Concert featuring Rhapsody in Blue  (Dr. Gerald Berthiaume, Piano)
Gershwin Concert
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:30 p.m. Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center (Issaquah, WA)
Program includes works by George Gershwin: Strike Up the Band, Someone to Watch Over Me, Catfish Row, I Love Gershwin!, and Rhapsody in Blue.
Itinerary includes free time in Seattle during the day; performance in the evening!
Guest Artists include: Drs. Chris Dickey, Dean Luethi, Julie Wieck, Gerald Berthiaume, and Greg Yasinitsky
Finale Gershwin Concert
Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:30 p.m. Benaroya Hall (Seattle, WA)
Program includes works by George Gershwin: Strike Up the Band, Someone to Watch Over Me, Catfish Row, I Love Gershwin!, and Rhapsody in Blue. Guest Artists include: Drs. Chris Dickey, Dean Luethi, Julie Wieck, Gerald Berthiaume, and Greg Yasinitsky


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